Colleagues often speak to me about the ways cellphones are having an impact on our work as therapists. How do we work with the beeps, buzzes and flashing screens that our clients’, and our own, cellphones emit during sessions? How do clients express their attachment to their cellphones? How are communications between therapist and client shaped by use of cellphones? Outside of session, how do cellphones promote or interrupt contact in clients’ relationships? How do we and our clients interact in our communities?
In this workshop we will explore these and other questions through the lens of Gestalt therapy theory and practice. Relevant neuroscience and attachment theory will also be included.
This workshop takes up the emergent need to acknowledge and understand cellular phone presence in gestalt therapy sessions and in our clients’ lives. We will heighten awareness of cellphones in the phenomenological field and seek to clarify how we are encountering the novel in this paradigm shift in our professional lives and society. A short presentation on the topic will be followed by interactive and experiential small group activity, with whole group processing as well.
New therapists, who naturally integrate cell phones as part of their work, as well as seasoned therapists whose habits of working and communicating have not heretofore included cellphones are welcome at this workshop.
Participants are encouraged to bring their cellphones with them to this workshop.
Adam Weitz, LCSW is a graduate of NYU Silver School of Social Work. He is an associate member of The New York Institute for Gestalt Therapy and The Association for the Advancement of Gestalt Therapy.
Adam presented You, Me and Our Cellphones at the AAGT Northeast Regional Conference in June, 2015, and as guest faculty at The Gestalt Center in New York City in 2014. He presented on Early Infant Relational Development at Empire State College in 2005. After 5 years working as a staff therapist at The Blanton Peale Institute and Counseling Center, Adam began working exclusively in private practice in 2013. Adam is a supervising therapist at Identity House, a New York City based, non-profit organization serving LGBTQ community mental health needs on a volunteer basis.
This workshop is inspired by his realization through observation and conversations with colleagues that technology is altering our social landscape in ways that need to be explored.